Michaël Boele van Hensbroek


Michaël Boele van Hensbroek

  • Senior Fellow
  • Professor of Global Child Health, Departments of Pediatrics and Global Health, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
  • Infectious Disease specialist, Emma Children's Hospital, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
  • Permanent Member of the national CCMO (Centrale Commissie Mens-gebonden Onderzoek)

Michaël Boele van Hensbroek is a Professor of Global Child Health at the University of Amsterdam. He is a paediatric infectious disease specialist, and a staff member of the Emma Children’s Hospital and the Department of Global Health, Amsterdam UMC. He is currently involved in several research projects in South Sudan, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia in the area of malaria, anaemia, HIV, nodding syndrome, fever, coma and convulsions, and research capacity building. He is also a member of (and chairing) several DSMBs of international multicentre studies. He chairs a committee focusing on international health at the University of Amsterdam and is the vice-chair of the Government Research and Ethics committee, CCMO (Centrale Commissie Mens-gebonden Onderzoek).


He previously worked at the MRC research laboratories in The Gambia, in collaboration with Oxford University, on the treatment of severe malaria in children. In 2000 he obtained a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship to study the aetiology and outcome of severe anaemia in children and to work as a consultant in Paediatrics at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. In 2005 he (as P.I.) obtained a grant from the Dutch government to develop a Research Support Centre at the University of Malawi and conduct a series of related intervention trials on severe anaemia prevention. In 2005 he returned to the Emma Children’s Hospital to become the Head of the Global Child Health Group, paediatric advisor for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and completed his training in Paediatric Infectious Diseases. In 2019 the Global Child Health Group was transformed into the ‘Amsterdam Centre of Global Child Health’.

View Michaël ‘s publications (PubMed)


Improving global child health in the light of the (old) Millennium Development Goals and the (new) Sustainable Development Goals.
Boele van Hensbroek, M, van Furth M.
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Aug;35(8):918-9.

Anaemia, iron deficiency and susceptibility to infection in children in sub-Saharan Africa, guideline dilemmas.
Jonker FAM., Poel te E, Bates I, Boele van Hensbroek M.
Br. J. Haematology (2017): in press

Low hepcidin levels in severely anemic malawian children with high incidence of infectious diseases and bone marrow iron deficiency.
Jonker F. A. M., Calis J.C. J., Phiri K., Kraaijenhagen R.J., Brabin B.J., Faragher B., Wiegerinck E.T., Tjalsma H., Swinkels D.W., Boele van Hensbroek M.:
PLOS ONE 8(12), 2013, p.e78964 .

Severe Anemia in Malawian children.
Calis J, Phiri K, Faragher B, Brabin B, Bates I, Cuevas L, de Haan R, Phiri A, Malange P, Khoka M, Hulshof P, Lieshout L, Beld M, Teo Y, Rockett K, Richardson A, Kwiatkowski D, Molyneux M, Boele van Hensbroek M.
New England Journal of Medicine. 2008; 358(9)12-23.

A trial of artemether or quinine in children with cerebral malaria.
Boele van Hensbroek M. Onyiorah E. Jaffar S. Schneider G. Palmer A. Frenkel J. Enwere G. Forck S. Nusmeijer A. Bennett S. Greenwood B. Kwiatkowski D.
New England Journal of Medicine 1996, 335(2):69-75.